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April 4-10 CBJ Prospect week in review

Hello Jackets fans time for the prospect week in review, now before I get started I’m gonna tell you that these aren’t going to be weekly anymore. The change in schedule is due to the fact that the number of Blue Jackets prospects still playing is dwindling with Springfield playing its last game of the season last night the Jackets only have 6 prospects still playing. Fort Wayne doesn’t start the 2nd round of its playoffs until the 15th when they will face off against the Rapid City Rush.

As I said the Springfield Falcons played its last game of the season last night and in its first season as the Blue Jackets top minor league affiliate the team went 35-40-2-3(W-L-OTL-SOL). As for last week the team’s leading scorer was team captain Ben Guite with 2 goals and 2 assists in helping the team go 2-2. The 2 wins were picked up by rookies fresh out of college and the losses were picked up by one of those rookies and David LeNeveu, Allen York was the rookie going 1-1 on the weekend. But the win York got was a biggie anda career milestone after being pulled against Bridgeport early in the second period York rebounded collecting his first career shutout making 30 saves to beat Albany(the last place team in the league but details, details). Tomas Kubalik had 3 points last week to give him 53 which led the Falcons, Kubalik was 3rd among AHL rookies in scoring. Kubalik’s 24 goals were 3rd among all rookies while his 29 assists was 8th. Kubalik wasnt the only star rookie on the Falcons as defenseman David Savardwho had 4 points last week  finished the season strong to lead the Falcons defense in scoring with 43 points, Savard had points in 8 of the teams last 10 games collecting 15 points in that span(4-11-15). Savard was 2nd among rookie defenseman and 12th overall among defensemen also finishing tied for 10th among AHL rookies and his 32 assists were 5th in AHL rookies and 8th in the AHL defensemen. The team’s top goalie was Allen York(just kidding easy to have the best stats when you only play 4 games), really David LeNeveuwas the team’s top goalie winning 16 games with a 2.97 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

The CHL playoffs 2nd round started last week witheach of the 4 teams with a Jackets prospect playing the first 2 games of there series each earning a split. The quickest series to talk about will be goalie prospect Mathieu Corbeil and the Saint John Sea Dogs, Corbeil didntplay in either game with the Sea Dogs winning game 1 and losing game 2 it’s first regulation loss of the season at home. The farther the Lewiston MAINEiacs go in the playoffs the more im starting to like Michael Chaput, Chaput has 10 points in the playoffs and he has 5 multi-point games. Chaput scored a goal and added 3 assists last week while also getting in a momentum swinging fight in game 2. Chaput continues to lead the entire QMJHL in faceoff wins winning 107 out of 173.

In the OHL the Saginaw Spirit series with the Windsor Spitfires has one of the weirdest schedules for a playoff series ive ever seen instead of the usual 2-2-1-1-1 or the 2-3-2 this series is alternating sites(probably since the teams are only 2 hours anda stretch of highway from each other). Brandon Archibald is still nursing an upper body injury suffered in round 1. Dalton Prout had no points but helped out the team the way he was probably supposed to when the the team acquired the soon to be 21 year old(Canadian Hockey League teams can only have a few 20 years olds on the roster 3 I think). After the team’s game 1 loss Prout called the team’s practices “lackadaisical“. If the Spirit had lost game 2 that wouldve been 6 straight playoff losses to the Spitfires for Prout and Spirit goaltender Mavric(great name) Parks going back to when both were part of the Barrie Colts last season.

ARMAGEDDON! In Portland’s game 1 loss to Kelowna Ryan Johansenhad NO points! I make a big deal about this because until then you have to go back to February to find a game in which he hadnt collected at least a point. After the 1 game break Johansen came back BIG collecting his first ever WHL hat trick(game recap video here). On the season Johansen has 102 points in 69 games played combining both the playoffs and the regular season.

The big story of last week was NCAA Ice Hockey Championship going on featuring 3 Jackets prospects. Michigan had 2 prospects in sophomore Kevin Lynch and senior Matt Rust, Lynch the star of the Wolverines run through the West region was held scoreless in the team’s 2-0 win over powerhouse NorthDakota withRust also being held scoreless. Meanwhile in the other semifinal between Minnesota-Duluth featuring sophomore Drew Olson and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Olson did his usual picking up no points and being even but the team won. So that sets up the all Jackets prospect final I asked for last week, but real quick on Friday a little hardware had to be handed out. Jackets prospect Cam Atkinson was one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker award losing the award to Miami forward Andy Miele(who gave a little credit to Jackets prospect and linemate Trent Vogelhuber). As for the title game it was the Bulldogs who would endup victorious. Minnesota-Duluthwon its first ever National Championship winning 3-2 in overtime, Rust was the only Jackets prospect with a point earning a assist on Ben Winnett’s first period goal off a faceoff. Lynch and Olson will return to school next year but Rust is off to start his pro career most likely in Springfield next year if the Jackets sign him.Rust collected 111 points over his 164 games at Michigan and is a strong two-way player being nominated for the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward last year. Lynch’s 11 goals are 2nd among Wolverines that will be back next season. Olson is one of six returning defensemen for the Bulldogs next year and set a career high in goals and points(1-3-4 offensive juggernaut he’s not).

That’s Drew Olson with his hat backwards with teammates Brady Lamb and Christian Gaffy admiring the trophy(@julierobenhymer ‘s picture)

Here’s Drew Olson and teammate Scott Kishel having a little fun on Friday

So that’s it for the Jacket’s NCAA prospects and withboth CHL’s playoff remaining i’m not sure when the next post will be possibly be a draft preview but you never know, as always follow @cbjprospects to keep you up to date on all the Jacket’s prospects and I thank you for reading.

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